Category Archives: Energy

Alberta’s Tailing Ponds Hold One Trillion Litres Of Toxic Waste

The ECOreport reposts a report on overlooked impact from the oil sands, Alberta’s tailing ponds hold one trillion litres of toxic waste 

Press Release from ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE and NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

Ottawa, ON – The volume of oil sands tailing ponds are now over 1 trillion litres, while the cost of cleanup is now greater than total lifetime royalty revenues collected by Alberta from oil sands companies, according to a new report released today by Canada’s Environmental Defence and the U.S.’s National Resource Defense Council.

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Oil Prices Could Be Lower For Longer

The ECOreport reposts an analysis of market conditions, Oil prices could be lower for longer

Originally Posted on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

Oil prices have cratered in recent weeks, dipping to their lowest levels in more than seven months and any sense of optimism has almost entirely disappeared. All signs point to a period of “lower for longer” for oil prices, a refrain that is all too familiar to those in the industry.

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The World’s First Solar Hydroponic Trailer Used In Sub Zero Temperatures

The ECOreport publishes a story from North of the Arctic Circle, world’s first solar hydroponic trailer used in sub zero temperatures

By Terri Steele

An innovative village of native Alaskans is joining PHIUS energy professionals and Next Generation Energy in celebrating the Summer Solstice – and the days drenched in 24 hours of sunlight it heralds in the Land of the Midnight Sun — by shedding light on the first off-grid photovoltaic (PV) solar water heating solution to heat water, channel stored energy into radiant heating and hydroponically grow fresh vegetables in sub-zero temperatures NORTH of the Arctic Circle.

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Poll Finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

The ECOreport looks into new public opinion research from the Puget Sound, where a poll finds Washington Residents Support Tidal Energy

By Roy L Hales

Though there are a couple of operational projects along the United States eastern seaboard,1 tidal energy is still an infant technology. The Puget Sound is one of the most promising locations on the West Coast. In 2014 developers aborted a proposed project in Admiralty Inlet, between the Olympic Peninsula and Whidbey Island, because of ballooning costs. More recently,  a University of Washington poll finds Washington residents support tidal energy.

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  1. In the United States, Verdant Power first piloted an array of small turbines in the East River of New York as part of the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project and was the world’s first grid-connected tidal array demonstration. The Maine Tidal Energy Project, led by developer Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) featured one grid-connected turbine in Cobscook Bay, ME” – Stacia J. Dreyer et al, Changing Tides: Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States, ScienceDirect, Volume 29, July 2017, p 74

Horgan Urges BC Hydro To Not Finalize Contracts

The ECOreport looks into reports about the Sit C Dam, where NDP leader John Horgan urges BC Hydro to not finalize contracts

By Roy L Hales

Though Christy Clark’s government recklessly spent close to $2 billion of taxpayer’s money trying to push the proposed Site C Dam beyond the point of no return, their days in office may be ending. More than 57% of British Columbians voted for parties that want to see this project either reviewed, or stopped. The NDP leader does not yet possess the authority to give the utility orders, but John Horgan urges BC Hydro to not finalize contracts.

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Big Oil Vs the People of California

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed & photo essay about the struggle with corporate interests, Big Oil Vs the People of California

Originally Posted on Indybay.com

by Dan Bacher

On Thirteenth Street in front of the Sacramento Convention Center where the Democratic Convention was being held on May 20, a group  of activists held a mock “tug of war’” between the people of California and the oil industry for the loyalty of Governor Jerry Brown.

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Is The US Shale Industry’s “Low Hanging Fruit” Disappearing?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED,  Is The US Shale Industry’s “Low Hanging Fruit” Disappearing?

Originally posted on Oilprice.com

By Nick Cunningham

The U.S. shale industry might have just received a huge windfall with the nine-month extension of the OPEC cuts. Shale output was already expected to come roaring back this year, but the extension of the cuts provides even more room in the market for shale drillers to step into.

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Tell The GreeNDP To Stop Site C!

The ECOreport reposts an appeal for British Columbians to  act, tell the GreeNDP to stop Site C!

Press release from the Wilderness Committee

By Joe Foy

This has been one of the most nail-biting BC elections I can remember. Not to mention the longest.
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Cut Down On Fossil Fuels & Plastics

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed about restoring our planet, we can and must cut down on fossil fuels & plastics.

Originally Published on the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere — from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans — some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.

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Canada Delaying Urgently Needed Methane Regulations

The ECOreport reposts an Op-ED about Canada delaying urgently needed methane regulations

Originally Published on the Wilderness Committee

Today’s announcement by the federal government delaying urgently needed methane regulations has no justification and is dangerous to our climate, charges the Wilderness Committee.
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